• ENCHANTMENTS
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ESSENCE DRAIN

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a Trickister based build focusing on the Skill Essence Drain. Great build for fast clearing maps and currency farm. Has an easy leveling process and it's cheap, great for beginners looking for a build to start a new League or just to farm lots of currency for other expensive build.

Pros

  • Cheap

  • Great Clear Speed

  • Tanky (Mind over Matter)

  • Fun Playstyle

  • League Starter

  • Currency Farmer

Cons

  • No Leech

  • Not a Very Good Boss Killer

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
- I recommend a Cherrubim Maleficence, it provides up to 80% increased chaos damage and up to 100 to maximum life.  
- A defensive alternative is Cloak of Defiance, it grants "10% of damage is taken from mana before life" a very nice combo for your Mind over Matter.
- If you want more life you can also go for the traditional Belly of the Beast, it provides up to 40% increased maximum life.
- ​You can also use a rare body armour with life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here.
  • SCEPTRE
- I recommend Breath of the Council, it has up to 100% increased chaos damage, 10% increased area of effect, and got 40% increased chaos skills effect duration. Awesome for this build, but a little expensive.
- As a budget alternative you can use a rare Sceptre with spell damage. Examples here.
  • HELMET
- ​A rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​I recommend the Allelopathy gloves that grants up to 30% increased damage over time, 10% increased area of effect and a level 22 Blight Skill.
- ​Or you can use rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here.
  • SHIELD
- ​I recommend Rathpith Globe that provides up to 60% block chance to spells, 60% spell damage and 10% increased maximum life.
- You can also use a rare shield with good armour, life and elemental resistances. Examples here
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life and elemental resistances . Examples here.
  • RING #1
- ​A rare ring with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare ring with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- A rare amulet with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- ​2 Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- 1 Stibnite Flask for evasion boost and blind source for your enemies. Examples here. (P.S. you don't need this flask if you have a Witchfire Brew)
- 1 Basalt Flask for less physical damage taken. Examples here.
- Witchfire Brew is awesome for this build, mainly because of the Dispair aura and increased damage over time. 
Rumis's Concoction as a defensive flask to boost your armour and block chance.
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Essence Drain
Efficacy
Swift Afflictions
Void Manipulation (If 5 Linked Sockets)
Empower (If 6 Linked Sockets)
Controlled Destruction
I recommend using the Vorici Master to craft the right colours in your body armour
  • GLOVES
Contagion
Faster Casting
Increased Area of Effect
Blight
If you have the Allelopathy gloves, that already grants the Blight Skill, you can change its gem for Arcane Surge, like this.
  • BOOTS OR HELMET
Wither
Spell Totem
Faster Casting
Increased Duration
  • BOOTS OR HELMET
Cast When Damage Taken (level 1)
Immortal Call (level 3)
Vaal Grace
Increased Duration
  • SCEPTRE
Shield Charge
Faster Attacks
Fortify
  • SHIELD
Clarity
Enlighten
Summon Chaos Golem

SUMMARY

CLASS: Shadow

ASCENDANCY: Trickister

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: DoT Projectile

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 1/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

 
 
 
THIS BUILD'S FAQ
  • Is there a good place to buy unique items?
- Not only for unique items, poe.trade or pathofexile.com/trade are great websites for trading your items.
  • I'm lvl 40 and I'm dying a lot, what can I do?
- Please take a look at your Elemental Resistances, they are really important for your survivability. After lvl 40 try to keep at least 50% of each. The meximum is 75%, try to reach that when on end game.
  • I don't have as much HP as the gameplay shows and I've followed the Skill Tree step by step. Can you help me?
- Look for more HP at your rare gear. You can have ''+89 to maximum life'' on your helmet for instance.
  • You say the build is cheap, but there are some expensive recommended items there. How?
- Those items are only recommended and not mandatory. Maximize a build with the best possible items and 6 Linkeds takes a good amount of currency. Start using 4 Linkeds on low tier maps in order to farm currency to upgrade your gear.
  • Why is my Essence Drain only killing one enemy?
- You need to cast Contagion first, so your Essence Drain can spread all over your enemies
  • Why Cast When Damage Taken  at level 1 and Immortal Call at level 3?
- Cast When Damage Taken can only support spell gems that have the same required level or lower.  At level 1 the required level of Cast When Damage Taken is 38, the same as Immortal Call at level 3. 
  • Cast When Damage Taken cannot trigger Vaal skills, why do you put them on the same setup?
- Vaal Grace is not there to be triggered by Cast When Damage Taken, but to be supported by Increased Duration. 
  • The first Jewel socket has not enough intelligence around to Spreading Rot to work, am I missing something?
- The intelligence around the socket just need to be there, it's not required to be allocated.
  • Why Immortal Call if you don't generate Endurance charges?
- Endurance charges are not mandatory for Immortal Call to work, they just make it last longer.

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